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LMMSE filter for Rician MRI data


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LMMSE filter for Rician MRI data



17 May 2012 (Updated )

A filtering scheme for denoising MR data assuming an underlying Rician model.

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The linear minimum mean square error (LMMSE) estimator estimates the signal out of a noisy MR adquisition. The method automatically estimates the noise level from background. It is based on a Rician noise assumption, which is valid for single coil adquisitions (and sometimes in SENSE).

The whole method is described in

S Aja-Fernández, M. Niethammer, M. Kubicki, M. E. Shenton, C.F. Westin, "Restoration of DWI data using a Rician LMMSE estimator". IEEE Tr. on Medical Imag. Vol. 27, No. 10, Oct. 2008, pp. 1389-1403.

MATLAB release MATLAB 5.3 (R11)
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01 Jul 2014 Christian

very useful! thank you!


The method now requires to choose one of the existing noise estimation methods as an input: (See help)


However, I have just realized that the function moda.m is not in the toolbox. I upload now a new version with this fixed, and a default option

11 Jun 2012 Alex

I get the error:

I_est = MRI_lmmse(img,[10, 10]);
Undefined function or variable "sigma2".

Error in MRI_lmmse (line 137)

Did I input something incorrectly?

12 Jun 2012

Default method to estimate noise is added. Function moda.m was missing and it was added to the end to the file.

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